Olympia’s Cameron Peck fired a second consecutive round of 69 on Wednesday to take an 8-stroke lead into the final round of the Washington State Men’s Amateur golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place.
Peck is eight strokes ahead of Moses Lake’s Cameron Whittle, who sits in second at 146 after shooting an even-par 72 on the course that will host the 2015 U.S. Open Championship.
In a span of of seven holes — Nos. 8-14 — Peck went eagle, birdie, par, birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie.
Kennewick’s Nick Mandell shot a 4-over-par 76 on Wednesday and he is 4-over for the tournament. He sits in a three-way tie for sixth.
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“I wouldn’t call it a very good round,” said Mandell. “I struggled the last three holes, finishing bogey, bogey, bogey.”
Mandell said he three-putted the par-4 16th, had a bad tee shot off of 17, and his third shot on the par-5 18th caused him problems in the windy conditions.
“My dad (Canyon Lakes professional Matt Mandell) caddied for me,” said Nick. “He said I looked comfortable during the first round, but today I looked scared.”
Nick agreed with that assessment.
“I was a little worried today,” he said. “Yesterday I went out and hit the driver well all day. But today, I was thinking ‘You don’t want to go here or there.’ You can’t do that.”
The top 58 and ties made today’s final cut. Mandell will tee off in today’s final round at 10:30 a.m.
Also making the cut is Kennewick’s Nick Atkin (tied for 26th at 154), Walla Walla’s Ryan Baumgart and Kennewick’s Riley Hayfield (both tied for 42nd at 156), and Kennewick’s Jack Tumlinson (tied for 58th at 159).
Pasco’s Samson Martinez (164), Richland’s Jeffrey Marcum (166), Dana Kain (170) and Tom DeForest (178) all missed the cut.